Talk:Jürgen Todenhöfer

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Is Why Do You Kill?: The Untold Story of the Iraqi Resistance the English-language version of Warum tötest du, Zaid?[edit]

The German title translates to "Why do you kill, Zaid?", and the timing is right for the English-language book to be a translation of the German-language one, but I do not know for sure so I listed them as separate books. Tschild (talk) 09:58, 8 August 2009 (UTC)

Essentials Missing[edit]

As I am German and my English is not good enough to correct the article, maybe this helps: Most detractors of the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were called "anti-american" in Germany (in many cases this might have been true). As Todenhöfer was known as an ultra-conservative from the eighties, one of the US' best friends in Europe, he was more or less the only one who could not be accused "anti-americanism". I guess this is why he is respected so much. -- (talk) 07:27, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Change of Mind[edit]

The article fails to mention that Todenhöfer throughout the 1980s was a staunch supporter of the NATO Double-Track Decision. He visited Afghanistan several times in favor of the US-supported mujahideen forces and accompanied them on a raid in 1984. All in all he was an anti-commie hard-liner. After the german reunification he gave up politics and served for 18 years on the board of a publishing house whose main products still are tabloid journalism and tv guides. It was not until the new milenium that Todenhöfer has come up with his criticism of US-led interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of 2013 he is separated from his second wife, lives in rather modest lodging and dedicates his time to travels in various arabic countries. He has one son and two daughters, one of which was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:40, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

I think he ought to be asked what were the events that changed his mind. Or some scholar should do a PhD thesis on 'how the old men changed their weltanschauung'. We find that so often that people, politicians, are fully on the US side, or have practically no criticism of how the leadership is exercised when they are reasonably young and active in that sphere, but then a learning process seems to happen.
People like Todenhöfer should be asked 'which events changed your weltanschauung' etc? In Australia we had Prime Minister Malcolm Frraser. He could not have been Prime Minister for 8 years (1975 - 1983) wthout towing the US line each and every time. In the years before his death in 2015 he was not sympathetic to US policies, but never spoke about which particular events had changed his world view.
I hope Todenhöfer's ISIS conclusions (which I read on RT today) will become widely known, but I doubt 'they' will learn lessons. (talk) 00:17, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

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